Murderers in Uganda. Drug cartels slaughtering border agents and public officials in Mexico. Aborted fetuses being used in product studies in the States. Japanese families still reeling from disaster. Families in New Orleans who STILL HAVEN’T RECOVERED from hurricanes. People debating whether or not infanticide should be legal. Rape. Murder. Assault because of one’s beliefs. Genocide.
This is our world from a cursory view of the internet and watching the morning news. I am sorry for the drudge report, but this is just sad. What in the world is going on in the world around us? It pains me to see it. It frustrates me that I am unable to just do something to stop ANY of it. It hurts that it feels like my prayers fall on deaf ears of a God too occupied with other things. And it INFURIATES ME to see so many people of faith, regardless of denomination, so SILENT on the issues at hand. Where are the great advocates of days past? Where are those who aren’t afraid to be ostracized, cast out, or ridiculed for taking a stand? I can tell you where: at home, in their climate-controlled bubbles, watching t.v. and eating nice hot meals while watching the whole world be torn apart on the news and posting b.s. hypothetical and impotent messages of “support” on Facebook. Sure, a Christian will be quick to vocalize their opinion on birth control, abortion, or gay marriage and vote to support that position, but they don’t seem to care about what I would call more pressing issues affecting the “least of these.”
“Least of these.” Ever heard those words? I’ve read them hundreds of times, both in private study and in classes. “Least of these…” I want you to focus on those words and who that is in your life. For reference, the “least of these” are mentioned by Christ in Matthew 25:31-46 when He is talking about His return. The basic premise is that we should treat the less fortunate, the beaten down, the hopeless, the helpless, the lost….EVERYONE as Christ. Not saying we should worship and adore them. No…we should make it our goal to make their life a little better. Not just by handing five dollars to a homeless guy, but by spending some time with him. Making him feel human again. Can you imagine how demoralizing it is to be homeless? To not be able to provide for your family? I can’t. I live a comfortable life. But I imagine it is awful. And I can imagine that a caring word shared over a meal (this is the important part) would do so much more than five bucks ever could. I mean, after all, the Apostle Paul told us that without love our gifts and abilities are little more than noisemakers and irritation (1 Cor. 13.) So…step out and help someone. It won’t hurt you.
What I am tired of. What really burns me up. What will really send me on a tirade of epic proportions. Is Christians who don’t back up their words with actions. Yes, they may be saved and that’s all fine and good for them, but what are they doing to expand God’s glorious kingdom? I am not here to judge, and I apologize if my tone shifts that way, but I am fed up with being associated with a bunch of luke-warm, , of which I am the worst (1 Tim. 1:15)mealy-mouthed, back-sliders who are SCARED to get out and help someone because of what someone else might think. Why is that so important? Why would you rather have a dead faith (James 2:14-26) than stand up for something so important? Why? I ask myself this question because I, too, have been convicted of my grievous sins of omission. I am pained by the memories of failed attempts, over-looked opportunities, averted glances, and lame excuses that come to mind when I ask myself what I have done for “the least of these.”
Now, then, I ask: What do we do? What does the body of Christ do about this? We have all heard the song “If We are the Body” by Casting Crowns. Many of us have probably sang along and thought “I’m gonna do something about this…I’m gonna be an active, useful part of this body” and then done absolutely nothing. I understand. I HAVE TOO. But the song raises the ultimate question to me: if I am the Bible-believing, Christ-centered, Gospel-sharing Christian I claim to be, why am I allowing opportunities to help others pass me by? I honestly don’t know. If you feel the same as I do, do as I do; ask…no, beg…no, PLEAD with God to open you up to a realistic view of your heart. BEG Him to show you who you really are. And then IMPLORE Him to change you and bend you and mold you to His will alone. Ask Him to break your heart for the things that break His. Ask Him for eyes like His and ask that he send His Spirit ahead of you to seek out those who need YOUR help. This is key: do not be frustrated by trying to cram yourself into another’s mold-do what God has called YOU, and you alone, to do. Ask Him to help you deliver yourself as Romans 12:1 says, as a “living sacrifice” to Him.
And pray for the whole body of Christ. Set aside denominational or congregational prejudices, because they help nothing. After all, ” a house that is divided cannot stand (Mark 3:25.)” Strive to help your fellow man, Christian or not. But also take time to work on you. Spend time in prayer, devotion, whatever…read the Bible from cover to cover and truly ABSORB God’s message. And PRAY. When you are done with that, pray some more…and then again…”pray without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:17.)” And pray for me. As I write this, I am challenging myself. It will be hard and there will be pain, but all good things in life are worth the fight.
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I know my words may have come off a little harsh. I know I probably offended or upset a few. Understand that was not my intent. I am just as guilty as everyone else, but I have decided my silence will be no more. I bring my message, though with a little bit of anger, totally in love.
I leave you in PeACE and pray for you continually, my dear Christian family.
In Christ Alone,